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Algernon Bullock

posted: Nov 30, 2010 2:50 pm | Comments (0)

Algernon “Al” Plummer Bullock of Hamden passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the Hospital of St. Raphael.  He was born in Apex, NC on January 29, 1948.  He was the son of the late Hugh and Ruby McClain Bullock.  He was educated in the New Haven School System and played basketball for Wilbur Cross High School where he was the Defensive Player of the Year.  Upon graduating in 1966, he attended Lowell Columbia College in Washington.  While in college, he was drafted by the US Army where he received an Honorable Discharge.  Al attended South Central Community College while working as an Outreach Worker at Lee High School.  His last employer was FYI International Fashions.  He was an avid sports fan.  Al leaves to mourn his passing; brothers and sisters, Thomas L. (Lou Willie) Bullock, Sr. of NC, Judy M. Brooks (Esaw) Seays of West Haven, Hugh (Lorraine) Bullock , Jr. of New Haven, Sondra C. (James) Mills, Sr. of Cheshire, Brenda Bullock (Wilbert) Gibson of Hamden; maternal uncle, Elton L. McClain of New Haven; nephews and nieces, Valencia Ford, Angela Wilkerson, Thomas Bullock, Jr., Hugh Bullock, III, Rosemary Brooks, Albert Brooks, Wanda Seymore, Erik Bullock, Keith Bullock, James Mills, Jr., several grand nieces and grand nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.  He also leaves, his former wife, Lauretta Raye of NC.  A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul UAME Church 1267 Chapel Street New Haven, CT.  Friends may call Tuesday at the church from 9-10:00 AM.  Interment will be in Hamden Plains Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the Bullock family, please visit

Rhett Davis

posted: Nov 30, 2010 5:59 am | Comments (0)

Rhett C. Davis, 66 of New Haven passed away November 23, 2010.  He was born April 27, 1944 in Derby, CT to the late Henry Davis and Bettie Charles.  He leaves to cherish his memory; special friend, Barbara Nelson of Hamden; daughter, Kym McKoy of new Haven; sons, Michael B. Murphy (Estelle) and Richard Murphy of New Haven; brother, Robert Davis of Bridgeport; sister, Nancy Davis of NY; sister-in-law, Arlene Davis; aunts, Ruby Charles Allen of New Haven and Montess Charles Blanchard of Waterbury; uncles, Wilbert and Perry Davis, both of Hartsville, SC; 4 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by brothers, Melvin L. and Leonard A. Davis.  A celebration of his life will take place Monday November 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06511.  Friends may call Monday at the funeral home from 10-11:00 AM.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the Davis family, please visit,

John Sydoriak

posted: Nov 30, 2010 5:57 am | Comments (0)

John Michael Sydoriak Jr. was born on August 26, 1944. He was the son of John and Olga Sydoriak of Orange, CT. He graduated from Amity High School and was employed and retired by the city of West Haven.  John was predeceased by both parent’s, he leaves behind his wife Viola “Cutie” Sydoriak of New Haven, a sister Donna Dinkendoff of Milford, son Gregory Kennedy of New Haven, step daughter Natashia Livingston of West Haven, 6 grandchildren, a niece, pet dog, and a host of friends and family who loved him.  A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday November 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street New Haven.  Friends may call Tuesday at the funeral home from 2-3:00 PM.  Interment is private.  To leave a message of comfort to the Sydoriak family, please visit

Virginia Jordan

posted: Nov 25, 2010 5:05 am | Comments (0)

Virginia Jordan, 87 of West Haven, CT and Decatur, GA passed away peacefully on November 22, 2010 at Willows of Woodbridge. Virginia was a resident of Hamden, CT until her retirement.  After retirement she moved to Georgia.  She worked for Sheriden Middle School and Wilbur Cross High School in the Guidance Department and with CPI Neighborhood Services.  She is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Sidney) Tyson, West Haven, CT, Dawn (Toney) Bell, Joanne (Norman) Pace and one son, John (Hillary) Jordan, Jr. ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  A wake will be held, Friday November 26, 2010 from 5-7:00 PM at Beulah Heights Pentecostal Church, 782 Orchard Street New Haven. Homegoing services will be held in Lithonia, GA at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor.  Interment will be held at Hillandale Memorial Gardens.  To leave a message of comfort to the Jordan family, please visit

William Cyrus

posted: Nov 22, 2010 1:09 pm | Comments (0)

William Dennis Cyrus ”Sunny”, was born on May 18, 1943 and crossed over on November 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife Brenda Foskey-Cyrus, and four children, Ivan, William, Soni of New Haven, CT Marjorie of Norwich CT and 12 grandchildren.  William was predeceased by his sister Julia Cyrus of Brooklyn N.Y. He is also survived by his loving aunt and uncle in law Elijah Sr. & Erma Joyner of West Haven, CT. He loved and cherished his family, was kind and loyal to everyone he touched. A loyal and devoted worker who worked for Leed in Hamden for many years. A celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday November 24, 2010 10AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9-10AM. Interment is private. To leave a message of comfort to the Cyrus family please visit

Bobby Christian

posted: Nov 19, 2010 11:28 am | Comments (1)

Bobby “Snake” Christian, 60, of New Haven, CT passed away on November 13, 2010.  Born to Martha Ann James of West Haven, CT and the late Jimmie C. Christian on March 1, 1950 in Thompson, GA.  Besides his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory; son, Aaron Christian of New Haven; daughter, Santrace Bethea of New Haven; step daughter, Wilma Eldridge of Rochester, NY; sister, Patricia Ann (Alton) McDonald of Fort Myers, FL; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by father Ozell Tompkins, and sons, Ronald & Avery Bethea.  A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday November 20, 2010 9AM at Agape Christian Center, 90 Goffe Street, New Haven, CT.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 8-9AM.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the Christian family please visit our website

Lona Mitchell

posted: Nov 19, 2010 4:21 am | Comments (0)

Lona F. Mitchell, 84 of New Haven, died November 15, 2010 at the CT Hospice in Branford.  She is survived by her husband, Frank Mitchell anddaughters, Lonnie T. Snyder of Hamden, Connie Alexander, Ruth Toms (Ellsworth Simmonds) of New Haven and Joann W. Blake (Dr. Richard E.) of Potomac, MD.  She was predeceased by a son, William Henry Toms.  She leaves nine grandchildren, nine great grand children, five great-great grandchildren, seven stepchildren and a god child, Rhonda Ferebee.  She loved and cherished her family and was kind, generous and loyal to her many friends.  Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11AM at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Lawrence Street, New Haven, CT.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10-11AM.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.  Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.  To leave a message of comfort to the Mitchell family, please visit our website at

Thomas Bennett

posted: Nov 18, 2010 7:01 am | Comments (0)

Thomas “T.C.” Calvin Bennett Sr. died November 15, 2010 at the Grimes Health Center in New Haven after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 46 years Mary Higgins-Bennett. Thomas was born in Cheraw, SC on June 16, 1938. He was a life long resident of New Haven, CT. Thomas took part in many successful business ventures through his lifetime. He was most recently employed for several years, at The Jewish Home For the Aged in New Haven from where he retired. His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family and friends. Besides his wife, he leaves behind his sons, Tyrus (Tabitha) Bennett, Thomas Bennett Muhammad Jr. (Billette), Timothy (Tonya) Bennett and one daughter, Teresa (Sayvojee) Bennett-Allen. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and various relatives and friends who loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was predeceased by his parents, Tomiacenia and Eugene Bennett. Thomas attended Muhammad’s Mosque in Bridgeport. A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday November 20, 2010 9AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 8-9AM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. To leave a message of comfort to the Bennett family please visit our website

Leanna Moore

posted: Nov 18, 2010 6:00 am | Comments (0)

Leanna Moore, 89, of New Haven, departed this life November 15, 2010.
Born in Roanoke, VA, April 13, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Moore.
Prior to retiring, she was employed at St. Regis Health Care Center as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.
Ms. Moore was a member of St. Matthew’s UFWB Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Deborah J. Powell; a sister, Frances Younger; a granddaughter, Patrice Sanders (Brian Sams); a great granddaughter, Jasmine Sams (Hakeem Webster); and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Jack, Thomas, Daniel and Darnell Moore; and a sister, Martha Taylor.
A celebration of Ms. Moore’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 9:00 AM at St. Matthew’s UFWB Church, 400 Dixwell Ave., New Haven. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 8:00-9:00 AM. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Online guestbook available at

Margaret Brooks

posted: Nov 16, 2010 12:59 pm | Comments (1)

Margaret Waters Brooks was born on May 14, 1938, in New York City.  Her father, the late Leslie W. Waters, was an engineer in the Army Corps of Engineers, who worked on WPA public works projects during the Great Depression, and then for the City of New York during construction of the aqueducts carrying water into New York City.  Her mother was Violet Caddell Waters.  Margaret spent her high school years in Roscoe, New York. Margaret attended Radcliffe College, graduating in 1959.  She met Peter Brooks at Harvard College.  They married in 1959, and during their 34 years of marriage, raised three children. Margaret pursued life with a passion.  She was a French teacher for many years, 18 of them at The Foote School in New Haven.  Margaret then ran a successful real estate brokerage company, Audubon Associates.  In addition, she tutored secondary school children at top schools in New York.  Margaret excelled at playing the piano and the flute.  She supported the Neighborhood Music School, and particularly its Bach’s Lunch Program.  Margaret was also a contributor to the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, reading books for others to hear.  In addition, Margaret loved New Haven and promoted many civic programs that contributed to the revitalization of the city.  She was also actively involved in the Yale University community, and was a Fellow at Ezra Stiles College. Margaret was an avid student of literature and the arts.  She lived many years in France, spoke French fluently, and visited her lifelong friends there frequently.  Recently, Margaret voyaged to the Antarctic and India, and wrote passionately about her experiences there. Margaret died peacefully at her home in New Haven of natural causes on November 7, 2010.  She is survived by her children, Preston Brooks and his wife, Seeley, of Los Angeles, California, Catherine Laing and her husband, Charlie, of Red Hook, New York, and Nathaniel Brooks and his wife, Jessica, of Chatham, New York; grandchildren Sophie, Nicholas, Sam, Phoebe, Charlie and Oliver, who all love and miss her greatly. The memorial service will be held on November 27, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon Street in New Haven.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Margaret W. Brooks Scholarship Fund at the Neighborhood Music School at, or to The Foote School in memory of Madame Brooks at

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